“Receive the Holy Spirit.”

"Come Holy Ghost" © GodAloneSufficeth.com, 2012

 Praise the Lord! This is the one week anniversary of my receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. One week ago today, I was made a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church. One week ago today, His Excellency Auxiliary Bishop Donald Joseph Hying made me a Soldier of Christ. One week ago today, I was given a new name and a new spirit. I was made a new person. Now sealed with and sent by the Holy Spirit, armed with the Gifts of: Counsel, Fear of the Lord, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Understanding, and Wisdom, with the Fruits of: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Long-suffering, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency, Chastity in my soul, Matthias enters the world to: serve the Lord and His Holy Church and to ultimately become a saint.

 The day after I was Confirmed, to be painfully honest, I was having some small doubts about myself and the power of the Sacrament I had just received. It was not like I lost my faith in God. No, rather I just could not fathom how the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity could place an indelible mark on my soul and I not feel any different. I mean, this was the same Holy Spirit Who, when Confirming the Apostles on Pentecost, appeared like tongues of fire over their heads. When He came to the Apostles, the house they were in was filled with a great noise, like a blast of wind. At my Confirmation, the only noise was made by the choir and fussing babies. In the days after they were Confirmed, the Apostles were filled all with great boldness and knowledge and they were all speaking in tongues. For me, it’s already been a week out and as you can tell by this post my I.Q. has hardly risen at all.

 So quite naturally, after a couple of days with nothing out-of-the-ordinary happening, I began to doubt whether or not I had received the Sacrament of Confirmation worthily. However, now that I have had a week to contemplate, I have come to the realization that the Holy Spirit did not need to light my (very, very) short hair on fire to let me know that He is with me now in a new and powerful way. No, as I look back on my preparation retreat, I remember what the priest who conducted the retreat taught. He reminded us that in Confirmation, we receive the “raw” Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is then up to us to either put them to good use – in which case they will develop and intensify and their powerful effects will be made present to all through us – or let them sit stagnant. The Holy Spirit is in me and He now directs that I speedily put His Holy Gifts and Fruits to good use among His people. He has not deemed that I be given remarkable boldness or the gift of tongues or amazing knowledge, nor has He chosen to give me significant and notable opportunities to evangelize and spread His Good News.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. © GodAloneSufficeth.com, 2012

 Rather, the Holy Spirit has given me this blog, and with my meager talents now fortified with His Wisdom and Strength, this blog will be His chosen instrument to bring His message to the world. The Holy Spirit has given me my family, my friends and yes, the atheist down the road. For now, at least, these will be my converts and this will be my mission territory. Like Sr. Adele Brice, I will joyfully serve in my little portion of Wisconsin and like St. Therese the Little Flower, I will fervently work to bring myself and all I meet to Heaven along the “Little Way.” My God, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – in Whose Name I have been Baptized and Sealed – grant that I may ultimately become one of His Saints. Amen.

P.S. The day after my Confirmation, I received a gift, a cross, pin and prayer card from Fr. Cyril of the Mother of God, O.C.D. He asked me to put the prayer on my blog. Now nearly a week later, I am keeping my word.

Moses Prayer

“O Father Moses, who in return for thy burning faith and love of God, was Divinely rewarded with the leadership of Israel and care of God’s eternal law, obtain for us a lively faith, a bold courage and a steadfast commitment to preserve God’s ancient Commandments in our hearts and in our land. Grant, that through our humble efforts, God’s Ten Commandments may be more widely known, more deeply understood and more faithfully followed. Amen.”          

                     – Project Moses

Some of My Confirmation Pictures

Matthias (my Confirmation Name) and Bishop Donald J. Hying © GodAloneSufficeth.com, 2012

 

Matthias (my Confirmation Name) and Fr. Don Brick O.C.D. © GodAloneSufficeth.com, 2012

 

Bishop Donald Hying, celebrating my Confirmation Mass © GodAloneSufficeth.com, 2012

 

 

About KJ JMJ

Hello. My name is Ken. I have been discerning the Call for quite a long time, since I was knee high and my Grandpa took me to Holy Hill. I am particularly discerning a vocation as a Discalced Carmelite Friar. I hope this blog offers some assistance to you in discerning your own vocation. Please visit this blog often and journey with me as we all discover the call that God has given to each us.
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2 Responses to “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

  1. annebender says:

    Kenny, I’ve been waiting and waiting to hear about your Confirmation! I appreciate your honesty about how you don’t feel any different immediately after receiving the Sacrament. I remember after my own Confirmation I also had doubts. My life seemed painfully sinful after receiving the Sacrament and I wondered why I continued to struggle, and in fact, struggled more than ever, to find holiness.

    But you seem to have found the key here. You recognize that unlike St. Paul, you haven’t been knocked off a horse to immediately go out and proclaim His word in a drastic and public way, but rather, like St. Therese, you are to continue to carry on in your normal path to holiness within your family life, your service to the Church and your sharing of all of that here on this blog. The Holy Spirit is alive and well within you Kenny! Thank you for letting Him silently work His wonders through you!

  2. Michael Malucha says:

    Kenny:

    Happy Easter! Congratulations on your confirmation. I will be receiving this sacrament at the end of May at Holy Hill. I hope you realize (and I think you do) that the receiving Confirmation does not equal the reception of any superpower (though some of the virtues can be). Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Fortitude, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. These 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit are bestowed upon us during Confirmation, remain in our hearts, and will guide our beings towards Christ for the rest of our lives. As St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes”. These gifts are within us forever and will present themselves during times of need, prayer, and other situations. These are 7 of the best gifts you’ll (and the rest of us) ever receive. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used for the “greater glory of God” (A.M.D.G – Jesuit phrase, ad majorem dei gloriam).

    Out of curiosity, where did you get confirmed?

    Blessings,

    Michael Malucha

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